Colombia’s president Alvaro Uribe has been returned to office in the country’s presidential election. The electoral commission declared the result after Uribe won 62 percent of the vote. It was a higher result than he achieved in the last elections in 2002.
Other candidates including senator Carlos Gaviria of the centre left Democratic Pole acknowledged the result. Gaviria came second with 22 percent of the vote. There were 4 other candidates. Uribe has won popularity by persuading right wing paramilitaries to disarm and by taking a tough stance against the guerrillas of the Marxist FARC movement. Observers say many Colombians regard him as being successful in reducing violence. Although the guerrilla movement did not interfere with the election, the government put security forces on high alert. The situation was calm in Bogota on polling day but reports said a number of fighters were killed in incidents in rural areas.